The Diplomat is a Tokyo-based, online current affairs magazine covering politics, society and culture in the Asia-Pacific region.
It was originally an Australian bi-monthly print magazine, founded by David Llewellyn-Smith, Minh Bui Jones and Sung Lee in 2001. The first edition was published in April 2002, with Jones as the founding editor and Llewellyn-Smith the founding publisher.
In September 2004, the US magazine Time forced the cancellation of advertisements by The Diplomat which emphasised the magazine's Australian perspective by presenting the national flags of the US, the UK, and Australia and logos of Time and The Economist below a headline "To which view do you subscribe?"
The magazine was acquired by James Pach through his company Trans-Asia Inc. in December 2007. Pach assumed the role of executive publisher and hired former Penthouse editor Ian Gerrard to update its presentation. Nonetheless, the printed edition suffered continued losses, and The Diplomat eventually went completely online in August 2009. Its Sydney office was closed and its headquarters moved to Tokyo; Jason Miks was appointed editor in September 2009 and Ulara Nakagawa was appointed associate editor. Miks was succeeded as editor by Harry Kazianis before publisher James Pach took over.
The Diplomat has published interviews with many prominent public figures, including Ali Allawi, Anwar Ibrahim, Ian Macfarlane, Brent Scowcroft, Mike Moore, Jason Yuan, Kim Beazley, Wegger Christian Strømmen, Shankar Prasad Sharma, and Jaliya Wickramasuriya.
The magazine includes a mix of guest writers and regular correspondents and analysts. It is organized around feature articles as well as eight blogs: China Power, Flashpoints, The Naval Diplomat, Pacific Money, Indian Decade?, ASEAN Beat, Sports & Culture, and The Editor. Its regular columnists and bloggers include James Holmes, Minxin Pei, Richard Weitz, Robert Dreyfuss, Luke Hunt, Sumit Ganguly, M Taylor Fravel, Robert Farley, J Michael Cole, Trefor Moss, Zachary Keck, and Ankit Panda.
Notable contributors have included:
- Iason Athanasiadis
- David Axe
- Ian Bremmer
- Zbigniew Brzezinski
- Gordon G. Chang
- Christian H. Cooper
- Robert Dreyfuss
- Amitai Etzioni
- Michèle Flournoy
- Randy Forbes
- Aaron Friedberg
- Baroness Kinnock
- Joshua Kurlantzick
- William C. Martel
- Ahmad Zia Massoud
- John McCain
- Madhav Das Nalapat
- Richard Neville
- Joseph Nye
- Sir Malcolm Rifkind
- Leigh Sales
- Michael Scheuer
- John Traphagan
- Kenneth Waltz
The Diplomat has entered into formal partnerships with influential public policy and media organizations. One of the most prominent is the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Through a partnership with the Pacific Forum Young Leaders Programme (CSIS), The Diplomat provides insights and analysis from up-and-coming young professionals. The Diplomat also maintains partnerships with RealClearWorld, ENN Environmental News Network, the Foreign Policy Centre, The Interpreter, Danwei, China Hush, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, Global Radio News, International Affairs Forum, the Atlantic Sentinel, China Talking Points, War Is Boring, East–West Center, Foreword, and Vivekanda International Foundation.
Awards and recognitions
In December 2010, the online news aggregator RealClearWorld.com (RCW) cited The Diplomat as one of the top-five world news sites of 2010. In 2011, RCW again listed the The Diplomat as one of its top-five world news sites. The only other website that made RCW's list for two consecutive years is The National Interest.
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